Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
123 Ethan Allen Ave., Dupont Hall #308-309
Colchester, VT 05446
Holly brings over 15 years experience in project management, community-based decision making, communication and collaboration processes, and leadership. Holly earned her doctorate from Clark University, Graduate School of Geography, in Worcester, MA. She also hold a Master’s in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Boston University. Holly’s research and publications include work on afterschool programs and school culture change, shared vision models for community-based decision making, and the spatial mapping of indicators for risk and vulnerability. In her previous position, Dr. Morehouse was Vermont’s State Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at the Vermont Department of Education. Prior to her work with the department, Holly was the Director of 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs in Winooski, VT, and also held a position as a Research Fellow for the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Social Emotional Learning Project Coordinator
Sara Forward joined Vermont Afterschool in January 2017 as the social emotional learning (SEL) project coordinator. Sara is a licensed social worker and has worked as a mental health consultant to public school teams and preschool programs in Vermont. Her previous work experience includes classroom teacher, school social worker, afterschool program director, children’s mental health clinician, and mom. Sara will be working on expanding our support for afterschool teams around social emotional learning. She has a professional interest in developmental psychology, trauma-informed programming, behavior analysis and intervention, and in outdoor and nature-based curriculum.
Workforce and Program Improvement Coach
Tricia Pawlik-York graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree is in Education at Post University. She has over 25 years of experience directing school age programs and developing youth programs. She was the director of Youth and Family Programs at the Greater Burlington YMCA, and also the Youth Director at the Clubhouse camp where she managed after school, vacation, school age enrichment and summer programs. Tricia is also a leader on the state level, serving on the STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System) oversight board as an afterschool representative, and was instrumental in developing Vermont’s afterschool core competencies for professionals. Tricia lives in Colchester with her family, enjoys outdoor adventures, and loves the New England Patriots.
Erin Schwab has experience working in both non-profit organizations and educational/afterschool environments. She has held two AmeriCorps positions; one in which she helped manage and place volunteers within the public school system of Springfield, MA, and piloted a project to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s tutoring and mentoring programs. In Brattleboro, VT, she served with a community justice center and created a database for the effective intra-office tracking and sharing of volunteer information. While attending college in upstate NY, she was an active volunteer in area middle schools’ Lego Robotics afterschool programs. She has spent five summers teaching youth in New York, California, and Hawaii. Erin holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Industrial/Management Engineering (2008) and her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College (2010).
Project Manager for Training
Tracy Truzansky has spent the greater part of her career providing training and professional development for informal and formal educators in the areas of science, environmental education, group dynamics, and leadership. She has worked in nonprofits including the Girl Scouts, YMCA and most recently as the Director of Education at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. She enjoys working with adult learners who support youth in schools, camps and in other informal educational and recreational settings. In her free time, she enjoys biking, swimming, travel and outdoor adventures with her partner, Beth and two daughters, April and Faith.
Cassie Willner is a writer, communicator, and educator with many diverse teaching experiences. She most recently taught high school English at the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy (MMWA), as well as directed MMWA’s communications and development efforts. Cassie also worked to create local afterschool programs with community partners as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the Fleming Museum, and has a deep appreciation for alternative learning opportunities. When not developing nonprofit communication strategies, freelance writing, or chasing after her long-legged daughter Elsa, she loves to garden and grow lots of flowers. Cassie holds a M.A. in communications and journalism from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in English from Colgate University.